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6 years ago  ::  Jan 18, 2009 - 4:25PM #1
ShadyWilbury
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Hello, all.

I have one question, which I hope will not cause offence. Is it disrespectful to allow the string of japa beads to drape over the right leg if holding them up causes discomfort in the shoulder? Is there another way which would be preferred to this?

Thank you,

Shady
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 18, 2009 - 5:44PM #2
ganesh_bhakta
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Namaskar ShadyWilbury,

I myself find it difficult to hold up the 108 beaded malas. So, I use a 27 beaded mala and go around it four times. Here's a tool that can help you out:

http://www.indiayogi.com/eshop/product- … uctid=1834

It's called a danda. You can use it to balance your arm out and hold the mala that way. I've never used one, but yogis use them all the time.

From this site, the shipping to America (assuming that's where you are) is expensive. There should be other places that carry them.

Here's another site, but I don't know if they're still in business, but you could check them out:

http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/produ … _danda.asp

I don't think letting the mala drape over your leg is a problem. However, the Hare Krishna store at the below URL sells mala bags that just rest on the floor and you put the mala inside it and perform japa that way:

http://www.thekrishnastore.com/Search.b … p_home-med

Regards,

ganesh_bhakta
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 18, 2009 - 4:25PM #3
ShadyWilbury
Posts: 22
Hello, all.

I have one question, which I hope will not cause offence. Is it disrespectful to allow the string of japa beads to drape over the right leg if holding them up causes discomfort in the shoulder? Is there another way which would be preferred to this?

Thank you,

Shady
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 18, 2009 - 5:44PM #4
ganesh_bhakta
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Namaskar ShadyWilbury,

I myself find it difficult to hold up the 108 beaded malas. So, I use a 27 beaded mala and go around it four times. Here's a tool that can help you out:

http://www.indiayogi.com/eshop/product- … uctid=1834

It's called a danda. You can use it to balance your arm out and hold the mala that way. I've never used one, but yogis use them all the time.

From this site, the shipping to America (assuming that's where you are) is expensive. There should be other places that carry them.

Here's another site, but I don't know if they're still in business, but you could check them out:

http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/produ … _danda.asp

I don't think letting the mala drape over your leg is a problem. However, the Hare Krishna store at the below URL sells mala bags that just rest on the floor and you put the mala inside it and perform japa that way:

http://www.thekrishnastore.com/Search.b … p_home-med

Regards,

ganesh_bhakta
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 18, 2009 - 9:58PM #5
radhe-govinda
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Namaste,

you can also get a mala bag for pretty cheap.  you do your mantra while the mala is in the bag and it can rest then on your knee.  you can find them krishna.com. 

Hari Om!
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 18, 2009 - 9:59PM #6
radhe-govinda
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nvm Ganeshaji already mentioned it :D

Hari Om!
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 19, 2009 - 2:43AM #7
ShadyWilbury
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Thank you all. I very much appreciate your comments and advice. I might look into the 27-beaded malas or a mala bag. (For future reference, I'm actually in the UK. :))

Namaskar,

Shady
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6 years ago  ::  Jan 23, 2009 - 4:42AM #8
silence_speaks
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Kabir's Reply:

maalaa fort jauga Bayaa‚ imaTa na mana ka for
kr ka manaka CaoD, do‚ mana ka manaka for

Translation
Eons have passed whirling rosary, restless remains the mind 
Give up the beads of rosary and rotate the beads of mind

Its not where the Japa Mala [beads] are ... but where the mind is that matters. Who is there to take offence ? if your mind is set on God... who cares how u hold the mala or where it is kept ?

Let the mind remain fixed on the God within that is most important.

Love!
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